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    Whenever users complain about an application being slow, the network is always first to be blamed. And yet network engineers often have limited visibility into any issues because application performance management (APM) tools have traditionally been ... 

  • Next-generation WLAN: How IEEE 802.11ac will change your network

    Just five years ago, no one would have described Wi-Fi as a primary access technology but now, as Wi-Fi and cellular architectures deliver security, reliability and robust throughput sufficient to delivery video and multimedia content, wireless LAN (... 

  • Leveraging 802.11n for increased coverage and performance

    Deploying 802.11n can increase a WLAN's speed, capacity, reach and reliability, enabling mobility services that make workforces informed and productive. To be competitive, workers need ready access to data, people and tools for collaboration and deci... 

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  • 802.11ac (Gigabit Wi-Fi)

    802.11ac, also known as Gigabit Wi-Fi, is a proposed specification in the 802.11 family applicable to WLANs (wireless local area networks). 802.11ac represents an extension or update of the current 802.11a standard. 

  • 802.11ad

    802.11ad, also called WiGig 1.0, is a proposed specification in the 802.11 family applicable to WLANs (wireless local area networks). 802.11ad represents an extension or update of the current 802.11a standard. 

  • Multichannel Multipoint Distribution Service (MMDS)

    Multichannel Multipoint Distribution Service (MMDS) is a broadcasting and communications service that operates in the ultra-high-frequency (UHF) portion of the radio spectrum between 2.1 and 2.7 GHz. 

  • single stream 802.11n

    Single-stream 802.11n takes advantage of the fact that the second draft of the 802.11n specification does not require the number of antennas on the sending station to be equal to the number on the receiving station. 

  • Wi-Fi Multimedia (WMM)

    Wi-Fi Multimedia (WMM), previously known as Wireless Multimedia Extensions (WME), is a subset of the 802.11e wireless LAN (WLAN) specification that enhances quality of service (QoS) on a network by prioritizing data packets according to four categori... 

  • CDPD (Cellular Digital Packet Data)

    CDPD (Cellular Digital Packet Data) is a specification for supporting wireless access to the Internet and other public packet-switched networks. 

  • USSD (Unstructured Supplementary Service Data)

    USSD (Unstructured Supplementary Service Data) is a Global System for Mobile(GSM) communication technology that is used to send text between a mobile phone and an application program in the network. 

  • home agent

    In Mobile Internet Protocol (Mobile IP), a home agent is a router on a mobile node's home network that maintains information about the device's current location, as identified in its care-of address. 

  • foreign agent

    In Mobile Internet Protocol (Mobile IP), a foreign agent is a router serving as a mobility agent for a mobile node. 

  • wireless backhaul

    Wireless backhaul is the use of wireless communications systems to get data from an end user to a node in a major network such as the Internet or the proprietary network of a large business, academic institution or government agency... (Continued) 

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  • Wireless LAN vulnerabilities

    Learn about common wireless LAN vulnerabilities and how a few best practices can change wireless LAN issues from a problem into a helpful tool for any enterprise in this 10-minute podcast with Burton Group analyst Paul DeBeasi. 

  • Wireless LAN management strategies

    Implementing a WLAN is straightforward, but making sure it runs optimally can be challenging. Luckily, networking professionals can control and maintain their wireless networks by using well-known methodologies based on the OSI model. Here we outline... 

About WLAN Standards

Wireless network standards change quickly. 802.11 wireless LAN standards, from 802.11a/b/g to 802.11n, are covered in this section of WLAN topics. Information on WiMAX and wireless security specifications, like WPA2, WPA and WEP, are also explained.